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Ottawa’s drinking water quality remains high

September 21, 2021
Council Updates

Ottawa continues to produce and deliver some of the highest quality, safest drinking water in the world, according to a report received today by the City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City provided an uninterrupted supply of safe tap water to residents throughout the emergency. The annual report on Ottawa’s drinking water quality management system also outlines City efforts to inspect and maintain Ottawa’s drinking water infrastructure, helping make 2020 the ninth consecutive year that the City’s drinking water systems fully conformed to provincial standards.

The City also continued efforts to help more homeowners replace lead water pipes. Although Ottawa’s tap water is lead free, small amounts of lead can dissolve into water that passes through lead plumbing. During 2020, 83 homeowners used the City’s program to replace lead pipes, and the City replaced 274 of its own pipes through watermain rehabilitation.

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